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By strengthening the synod of bishops Pope Francis hopes to boost the chances of unity between Catholics and Orthodox Christians

An 18th-century Franciscan friar will be canonised in Washington tonight. But his detractors claim he was a Spanish imperialist who flogged Indian converts

The Synod’s script is atrocious

The Instrumentum Laboris is at best theologically thin and tirelessly moralistic

The seat of New York is finally restored, after a $175m makeover

It’s time we laid the likes of The Go-Between and Lady Chatterley’s Lover to rest

More of us should read the 14th century Islamic philosopher Ibn Khaldun

Jennifer Fulwiler’s new book persuades us that life can be a much larger and more exciting adventure if we put ourselves in God’s hands

Francis can truly relate to the people of Cuba

The Holy Father wants to reach out to public sinners, even Communists

Not everyone is pleased to have the Pope visiting America